Mental Health: Bailey and Rick Talk at You: Episode 3

Oh, look! Another week of me avoiding writing about my potentially problematic relationship with alcohol in tandem with my mental illness during a never-ending quarantine! I’m kidding! Sort of!

THIS week Rick and I talk about our hopes, wishes, and dreams á la Drew Barrymore in the hit movie Never Been Kissed and answer an audience-submitted question! I also took it upon myself to appear as a true trash person, as you’ll soon see. I may have taken my commitment to authenticity a little ~too far~.

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Remember, if you have any questions you’d like us to address in Bailey and Rick Talk at You, feel free to reach out in the comments, on social media or, for anonymous questions, on the contact page.

Warmest,
Bailey


Wednesday posts cover something that’s top of mind for me that week and are written in a short period of time. This means that editing is not strong. While it’s not my best work, it is my best, unfiltered thought.


More on Bummed Out Bailey:

Mental Health: Bailey and Rick Talk at You: Episode 1
Mental Health: The Social Toll of Invisible Illness
Mental Health: Bailey and Rick Talk at You: Episode 2


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Sustainable Sunday: Ziplock Bags

Disclosure: In case it’s not already abundantly clear, I have zero advertisers. Lol. So, please know that anything I feature on Sustainable Sunday posts are products I’ve simply researched and loved.


We don’t need a few people doing zero-waste perfectly, we need millions doing it imperfectly.

Lauren Singer*
Photo by Anna Shvets on Pexels.com

Swap: Instead of disposable ziplock bags, use reusable silicone storage bags that provide the same function without the waste.

Ziplocks are great for all types of things: storing ingredients and leftovers in the fridge or freezer, packing a lunch, keeping toys or small electronics, organizing toiletries, and preparing for trips. Hell, they even make a TSA-approved quart size bag for your liquids while traveling. But, the single or couple of uses of each bag before they hit the trash is a bummer.

There hasn’t really been a good alternative until reusable silicone storage bags came on the scene. Stasher makes multi-faceted bags in all different sizes and was founded by a regular parent trying to solve a problem packing her children’s lunches. Y’all know how much I love a small, woman-owned business! Some other companies that make reusable silicone bags are Earthsider, The Noble Narwhal, and Ziparoos. There are actually several versions on the market, so there are lots to choose from and many price points.

The bags are typically pricy, but so is buying disposable ziplocks over and over. Reusing disposable ziplocks can get unsanitary, and my favorite thing about the silicone bags is that most of them can go in the dishwasher. I just flip mine (Stasher) inside out and put it on the top rack. While Ziparoos are the most affordable version I’ve seen, something to consider is that dishwashers aren’t recommended for their product.

I only have one because I wanted to try them out before committing to several, and after months of use I still love and use it. I do still have disposable ziplocks in the house, but when the world starts to move again and I have a salary again (I graduate in three weeks!), I plan to fully switch over at some point.

One small consumption change for you, one small improvement for our environment.

Warmest,
Bailey

*Lauren Singer is an environmentalist who does not generate any waste(!). You can shop her store, Package Free, online or at the brick and mortar store in Brooklyn post-pandemic. Read more about Lauren here, and watch her Ted Talk here– she’s inspiring.


Once a month I share a sustainability tip or an easy swap in consumption routine to better care for the planet. Environmentally conscious change doesn’t always have to be expensive, laborious, or extremely time-consuming.


More on Bummed Out Bailey:
Sustainable Sunday: Floss
Recipe: “Chicken” Salad (Vegan) (Get it?! Cause you’d put a chicken salad sandwich in a ziplock bag)
Introducing Easy Sustainable Swaps!


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Mental Health: Bailey and Rick Talk at You: Episode 2

Greetings from our quarantine couch to yours!

I wish these videos were little podcasts because I know when I see a long YouTube run time I’m like ugh, I don’t wanna sit here watching something for that long. Alas, podcast mics are really expensive and I’d be like that “I have no idea with I’m doing” meme with podcast editing software, anyway.

me making a podcast
me looking at podcast editing software
me after a podcast editing tutorial

Anyway, you get the picture.

So, it’ll just have to be these lo-fi videos for now, but they can definitely be listened to from YouTube- no need to watch us staring back at you. Unless that’s your thing. Then, you’re welcome to stare back at us staring at you staring at us. No, I’m not high.

This week, Rick and I discuss what it’s like for Rick to have a spouse with mental illness and the perils of Greek life in college.

I hope you enjoy it half as much as we enjoyed making it, ’cause that’d be a lot!

If for any reason the embed doesn’t work, you can watch the video here.

Warmest,
Bailey


Wednesday posts cover something that’s top of mind for me that week and are written in a short period of time. This means that editing is not strong. While it’s not my best work, it is my best, unfiltered thought.


More on Bummed Out Bailey:

Mental Health: Bailey and Rick Talk at You: Episode 1
Mental Health: The Social Toll of Invisible Illness
Mental Health: Homebody v. Quarantine…Body?


Do you love Bummed Out Bailey? Want to help keep it going? The best way you can support me is to share my blog with friends! Another way to support is on my Patreon where you’ll find exclusive content. Your word of mouth and contribution mean more to me than you’ll ever know!

To subscribe to Bummed Out Bailey by email, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the website and enter your info into the form. I can also be found on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

If you or someone you know needs help right now, please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Mental Health: Bailey and Rick Talk at You: Episode 1

Last week I had a really, really tough day. Like, bad enough for me to need to email the top people at my MFA program to let them know I wasn’t okay, tough. I started doing daily yoga “for Rick,” since I couldn’t bring myself to do it for me. With exercise’s help (UGH, the obnoxious truth…) my mood began to shift out of a deep pit of depression.

When I emerged…

Rick said my Wednesday posts are a colossal bummer (lol) and suspects that they bring me down like weekly clockwork. For a while I’ve also thought about how Wednesday posts only portray part of who I am. I pride myself on my transparency and open discussion of what it means to be a woman living with mental illness, but I’ve also got a wild sense of humor and bring a lot of lightness to life when I’m able to. If you follow me on Instagram, you may know this from my stories. :)

I’ve been thinking about how to bring some levity to my blog for some time. Between my low lows and being overwhelmed by my thesis (due in less than one month!), though, I’ve only just been able to employ the idea of Rick and I doing something together.

So! The following is our first video! It’s awkward, amateur, and we had a great time making it. Hopefully it shows you a bit more of who I am, not just a sad slug 24/7. I’m actually a sad slug 23/6, thank you very much.

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Hopefully someone other than my mom watches it, but if it is just you, mom, hi mom!

Rick’s pretty elusive on the internet, so let’s give Rick a warm welcome!

Warmest,
Bailey


Wednesday posts cover something that’s top of mind for me that week and are written in a short period of time. This means that editing is not strong. While it’s not my best work, it is my best, unfiltered thought.


More on Bummed Out Bailey:

Mental Health: A Poem to Read at Ho…me [ho-uhm]
Mental Health: The Social Toll of Invisible Illness
Mental Health: Homebody v. Quarantine…Body?


Do you love Bummed Out Bailey? Want to help keep it going? The best way you can support me is to share my blog with friends! Another way to support is on my Patreon where you’ll find exclusive content. Your word of mouth and contribution mean more to me than you’ll ever know!

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If you or someone you know needs help right now, please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Recipe: Ginger Carrot Sweet Potato Soup (Gluten-Free + Vegan)

Homemade soup doesn’t have to be a big to do. The following is an easy recipe that’s perfect for a ~cozy meal in~.

Ingredients

2 T olive oil
1 medium red onion, diced
10 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
~1/2 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
2-4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 t ground cinnamon
1 1/2″ piece of ginger, peeled and grated
1 1/2 t fresh thyme
4 c vegetable broth
1/2 t sea salt
1/8 t black pepper
14 oz canned coconut milk or 2 c vegetable broth, regular coconut milk, or water*

*For this recipe I had about 8 oz of canned coconut milk leftover in the fridge so I used that and, instead of opening a new can of full-fat coconut milk, I just supplemented it with 1 c of regular coconut milk.

Instructions

  1. In a soup pot 6 qt or bigger, add the olive oil and sauté the onion until translucent. Season with a pinch of sea salt.
  2. Add carrots, sweet potatoes, garlic, cinnamon, ginger, thyme, broth, sea salt, and pepper and stir.
  3. Bring mixture to a low simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for 30 minutes, until vegetables are soft.
  4. Purée the soup using a blender, food processor, or immersion blender. Then, pour blended soup back into pot.
  5. Over medium, stir in coconut milk and mix well. Allow soup to cook a few more minutes, until the flavors meld and it’s hot all the way through. Taste and add additional seasonings, if necessary.
  6. Garnish soup with fresh thyme or a sprinkle of cayenne pepper.

Serves six.

Bummed Out Bailey Rating: 8/10
Rick-the-Meat-Eater Rating: 4/10

Don’t like coconut.

Rick, a meat-eating husband who had no complaints about previous coconut-y soups

Adapted from Vegan Creamy Ginger Carrot Sweet Potato Soup.

More on Bummed Out Bailey:
Recipe: No Chicken Noodle Soup
Recipe: Roasted Tomato Basil and Rice Soup
Recipe: Enchilada Soup


Do you love Bummed Out Bailey? The best way you can support me is to share my blog with friends! Another way to support is on my Patreon where you’ll find exclusive content. Your word of mouth and contribution mean more to me than you’ll ever know!

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If you or someone you know needs help right now, please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.